Nathan Deal

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2 storm as it nears landfall but still could be devastating

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2 storm as it nears landfall but still could be devastating

Hurricane Florence has decreased in speed and is now a Category 2 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center announced shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Though Florence has weakened slightly, it’s still a very dangerous storm, and a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected.

Measurements by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 mph, with higher gusts.

Forecasters say the storm is likely to remain constant in strength, weakening only after the center of the storm moves inland.

Maryland is not predicted to receive the brunt of the storm.

As of 11 p.m.,...

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